Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: plymouth, michigan
I don't care what bike you're on, sitting in one position would get me no matter what - which is why reclining in a big bucket car seat is where it's at. No motorcycle is more comfortable for traveling than a cage. That said, there's lots of things you can do to make moto-travelling more comfortable.
You will want an aftermarket seat. Lots love the big overstuffed barcalounger seats by Russell, Mayer, etc...those tractor seats that plop you in one position, but it's a fully supported/cradled position. Many love these one position fits all seats, but they drive me insane. I'm a seat scooter - I like to move forward, back and side to side - can't sit still. The stock seat lets you move around, but for most, 1-2 hrs is it before the softer foam gets ya.....firmer foam/gel is the way to go. It may seem counter intuitive, but that seems to be the case. I'm 6-0, 32" inseam 200lbs, so I'm about the same size as you, and the Vstrom fits so nice - plenty of legroom to stretch out. I never feel squeezed or confined.
I've had good results with Saddlemen seats - the biggest comfort factor is the additional fore-aft real estate offered by their suede surfaced Adventure Track seat. I really love this seat. Longest ride I've done on it was a bit over 3 hrs on country two lanes and dirt roads, and it was the first time I'd actually thought "wow, my butt isn't even sore".....it's a great seat for me. My entire body gets physically tired instead of my butt - which is a nice change!
Before I bought my vstrom, I'd ventured into my local Kawa dealership to check out the Versys, since those two bikes were going toe to toe at the time. I've always deemed myself a Kawasaki guy, so I had high hopes. It's a nice looking bike, but one leg swing over the saddle, and I knew it wasn't for me. It's a lot smaller than the Vstrom, and that concerned me because I wanted to kit it up with hard bags/top case, and the tiny dimensions turned me off the bike. The vstrom 650 is so much larger, it's a much better platform for long-distance kitting up - and that long wheelbase is great on the open road. Throw some different handlebars on, a aftermarket seat, madstadt adjustable bracket for the windscreen, and you're good to go....And in the twisties, the Vstrom is a willing partner in any shenanigans you want to pull off. It may not be a glamorous bike, but as most vstrommers here will attest, it's a bike that gets under your skin. It's a fantastic canvas to tweak.
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Last edited by jokermtb; 06-15-2014 at 11:31 AM.